1. Kentucky Confederates: Secession, Civil War, and the Jackson Purchase by Berry Craig (UP of KY, 2014).
With no previous book length studies of the Jackson Purchase in the Civil War, it's a bit unusual to have two released in the same year. Given the region's reputation as the South Carolina of Kentucky, it's no surprise that both Dan Lee's The Civil War in the Jackson Purchase, 1861-62 [my review] and Berry Craig's Kentucky Confederates focus on the Confederate perspective. Craig's study possesses the archival research its antecedent lacks and seems to take more of a political history approach to the topic than Lee's military-centered examination. So far, I like it.
2. Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson by S.C. Gwynn (Scribner, 2014).
I read somewhere between 1/3 and 1/2 of a pre-pub version of the book. Written in a popular style, the sections that I made it through didn't conjure up any surprises, but neither did they contain have anything particularly galling. Peter Cozzens's jacket blurb proclaims it to be the best Jackson biography he's ever read but I am skeptical of it supplanting Robertson's classic. Robertson's bio is well known for its admiring tone and we get some of that vibe here, too.